• English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance: 24,050

live commentary

90 mins:Full time at the Madejski and the game ended goalless. Reading did have the ball in the net but Adam Le Fondre's effort was ruled out for hand ball and despite plenty of endeavour, neither team could find a goal but both will surely be happy with a point

90 mins:Final chance of the game is well cleared by the Swansea defence and the game ends goalless

89 mins:The teams cancelling each other out here and we seem destined for a goalless draw

87 mins:Reading really pushing now but Swansea are standing firm despite the pressure

84 mins:Le Fondre goes close again but his effort is brilliantly cleared by Chico

82 mins:Swansea again controlling the game but will need to inject some urgency if they are to find a winner

80 mins:Bad news for Swansea as Michu goes off after colliding with Leigertwood with Itay Shechter coming on

78 mins:Reading pouring forward now with Chris Gunter crossing well but Swansea are holding firm

75 mins:That incident seems to have lifted Reading and they now appear to have more of a purpose in this half

72 mins:Good delivery from Harte and Adam Le Fondre heads goalwards but the effort is ruled out due to the striker handling the ball

70 mins:Another good chance for Swansea as Ki again tests Federici but the Australian is equal to the task

68 mins:Two changes for Swansea here as Jonathan De Guzmán and Kemy Agustien replace Leon Britton and Luke Moore

66 mins:Superb save from Adam Federici as he reacts spectacularly to a good header from Nathan Dyer to keep the scores level

64 mins: Hal Robson-Kanu gets involved almost immediately, swinging a good ball into the box which Jem Karacan but his header is well blocked

62 mins:Reading make the first changes of the game as Pavel Pogrebnyak is replaced by Adam Le Fondre and Hal Robson-Kanu comes on for Jobi McAnuff

60 mins:Swansea pressing again as Williams again fires the ball forward but his ball is well defended by Alex Pearce

58 mins: Pavel Pogrebnyak goes into the book for a poor tackle on Dwight Tiendalli and he might feel lucky to be still on the field

56 mins:Penalty shout for Reading as Pavel Pogrebnyak goes down softly but the ref isn't interested

54 mins:First card of the game goes Dwight Tiendalli for a trip. Quite harsh that one

52 mins:Dyer again looking dangerous as he breaks into the box but he's well tackled by Mikele Leigertwood

50 mins:First chance of the second half goes to Swansea but Sung-Yueng Ki again fails to find the target for the Swans

48 mins:Swansea again dominating possession but their lack of cutting edge must be frustrating them now

46 mins:Back underway at the Madejski and both teams will be looking for some extra quality in final third following a goalless first 45

46 mins:Half time at the Madejski and it remains goalless. Swansea have dominated possession but have failed to find the net and it now promises to be an exciting second stanza

45 mins:Another opportunity for Dyer but his effort is once again blazed over the bar

43 mins:Moore again loses possession on the edge of the area and boss Laudrup maybe considering changing him at half time as he's had quite a poor opening 45 minutes

41 mins:The game seems to have slowed down as we approach half time and Michael Laudrup has just got up off his bench to vent his frustration at his players. He clearly thinks they should be ahead and he is probably right

38 mins:Effort from Dyer as after yet more good passing football from Swansea, the winger fires high and wide over the bar

35 mins:Ian Harte's left foot could be a real weapon for Reading today and he's already delivered a number of dangerous crosses

33 mins:Another good long ball forward by Williams looking for Dyer but Adam Federici collects well

31 mins:Swansea again dominating possession but their lack of a quality striker appears to be hampering them

28 mins:Another chance for Michu as he latches onto a poor backpass from Chris Gunter but again fails to find the net

26 mins:Reading coming into the game now with Pavel Pogrebnyak starting to pose more of a threat but he'll need more quality if he's to get past Ashley Williams and Chico

23 mins: Ian Harte whips the ball in Alex heads it goalwards but it doesn't threaten Vorm

21 mins:Swansea showing their range now, as Ashley Williams sprays a long pass to Nathan Dyer but the winger doesn't make anything of it

18 mins:Swansea still keeping the ball well as Britton moves forward but Moore can't return the pass and the move breaks down

15 mins:Decent chance for Jimmy Kébé but he mistimes his shot and its easily collected by Michel Vorm

13 mins:Swansea dominating here and Reading may want to make changes to halt the Swans' charge

10 mins:Another chance for Michu as he turns the defender but misses the target with his left footed shot. Real let off for Reading there

7 mins: Sung-Yueng Ki tries his look with a long range free-kick but his effort goes way over the bar

6 mins:Swansea look like they fancy this today, passing the ball nicely and everyone wants the ball

4 mins:Shot from Michu as combines with Moore and his curling shot just goes wide of the Reading goal

2 mins:Great run by Danny Guthrie as he drives into the box and collides with Leon Britton but the referee waves away the calls for a penalty

Underway at the Madejski and its Swansea who've started the best, playing the ball around nicely at the moment

1 mins:The hosts remain without the talismanic Jason Roberts and may still be hurting following their last minute defeat to Manchester City on Saturday while Swansea will be full of confidence coming into the game having drawn against Manchester United at the weekend and they welcome Ki Sung-yeung back into the side.

Well welcome along to coverage of the Premier League game between Reading and Swansea.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance: 24,050

match report

Reading held Swansea to a goalless stalemate at the Madejski Stadium to climb off the bottom of the Premier League table.

The point ended the Royals' seven-match losing run in the league and saw them climb above QPR in the table, although Brian McDermott's side sit six points from safety.

The visitors started the brighter, shrugging off the controversy surrounding Ashley Williams kicking the ball at Robin van Persie in their 1-1 draw to Manchester United last time.

Top-scorer Michu curled a shot just wide from the edge of the area early on before Ki Sung-Yueng blasted a free-kick over from distance.

Michu then had the ball in the net but was adjudged to have fouled Adrian Mariappa in the build-up.

At the other end, Reading finally showed threat but Jimmy Kebe volleyed well wide from the edge of the box following Ian Harte's free-kick.

The ever-threatening Michu volleyed over from six yards out after latching onto a poor chest back by Chris Gunter, while Nathan Dyer blasted well over from outside the box twice as the first half ended in a stalemate.

After the break, Ki shot well over from range before Reading boss McDermott brought on Adam Le Fondre and Hal Robson-Kanu just after the hour-mark.

At the other end, Adam Federici did well to push Dyer's header around the post before the Reading keeper then produced a good save to catch Ki's powerful effort from the edge of the box.

Le Fondre looked lively following his introduction and had the ball in the net from a Harte free-kick but the goal was rightly disallowed and the striker booked for using his hand.

Michu went off injured late on before Le Fondre's goalbound volley was headed off the line by Chico as the game ended all square.

team line-up

1Adam Federici
5Alex Pearce
23Ian Harte
6Adrian Mariappa
2Chris Gunter
20Danny Guthrie
8Mikele Leigertwood
4Jem Karacan
14Jimmy Kébé
11Jobi McAnuff61
7Pavel Pogrebnyak62


16Jay Tabb
15Sean Morrison
24Shaun Cummings
9Adam Le Fondre62
10Noel Hunt
19Hal Robson-Kanu61
41Stuart Taylor


Michael Jones

team line-up

1Michel Vorm
6Ashley Williams
33Ben Davies
21Dwight Tiendalli
7Leon Britton68
24Ki Sung-Yueng
12Nathan Dyer
15Wayne Routledge
19Luke Moore68


2Kyle Bartley
25Gerhard Tremmel
16Garry Monk
17Itay Shechter81
26Kemy Agustien68
20Jonathan De Guzmán68
10Danny Graham


Michael Jones

match stats

possession %2872
shots on target12
shots off target16
tackles won179